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Udall Staff Host Military Service Academy Information Session In Santa Fe 6-8 P.M. Today

on April 21, 2015 - 7:53am


SANTA FE – Staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host an information session 6-8 p.m., today at the St. Michael's High School Library, 100 Siringo Road for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

Representatives from Udall's office, the New Mexico congressional delegation and the military service academies will be available to field questions from prospective applicants and parents. Udall is accepting applications for nominations to the academies.

Four of the five service academies – the U.S.

Assessor's Office Presents Proposed FY-2016 Budget

on April 20, 2015 - 8:45pm

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder, right, and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez present their proposed FY-2016 budget during this evening's Budget Hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez presented their proposed FY-2016 budget to the County Council during this evening's Budget Hearing.

They explained that the County Assessor's Office budget is funded by two funds - the General Fund and the Property Valuation Fund, which is a revolving; restricted fund.

The Proposed General Fund


County Budget Hearing Underway In Council Chambers

on April 20, 2015 - 6:51pm

The FY-2016 Budget Hearings got underway at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Manager Harry Burgess introduces an overview of the FY-2016 Proposed Budget this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County FY-2016 Budget Hearings kicked off at 6 p.m. this evening in Council Chambers.

County Manager Harry Burgess and Deputy County Manager Steven Lynne are presenting an overview and summary of the proposed budget to Council.

"We did achieve a 1 percent reduction in the overall


LAWGA Offers Golf Prizes For 6th Grade Girls

on April 20, 2015 - 4:14pm

Contractor To Stock Ashley Pond With Fish Tuesday

on April 20, 2015 - 3:57pm


Ashley Pond water levels are a little low right now because the County's contractor has been completing some work on the intake valves from the pond to the irrigation system around the pond.

The contractor will start refilling the pond with water Wednesday and it is expected to be full by the end of Thursday.

Mr. Fish (the company name of the County's fish contractor) is set to arrive with the pond’s fish Tuesday for the long-awaited stocking of the pond.


New Church Building Underway For Unitarian Church Of Los Alamos

on April 20, 2015 - 3:43pm
Architect's rendering of the new Unitarian Church of Los Alamos. Courtesy/Mullen|Heller Architecture
Vote: Church members raise their hands in affirmation of the new building project. There were two abstentions, but zero 'no' votes of the 90 members present. Photo by Rev. John Cullinan


The congregation of the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will soon have a new church building. After seven years of preparation, the congregation voted overwhelmingly Sunday to go ahead with the project, starting demolition in just a few short weeks.

“I’m thrilled that everyone’s hard work and

Community Participates In 'Run For Her Life' Races

on April 20, 2015 - 3:13pm
Racers take off from the starting line for 'Run for her Life' Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

People of all ages turned out for the 5th Annual Run For Her Life 5K and 10K races sponsored by Los Alamos Hadassah and Atomic City Roadrunners Sunday at East Park.

All proceeds from the annual event are donated to breast cancer research.

In the 5K, the top female winner was Leanne Smith with a time of 21:476. The first male and overall race winner was Daniel Santistevan recording a time of 20:33. The first female finisher in the 10K race was Sanna Sevanto at

SFI Presents: 'Optimal Learning For Finding Minimal Peptide Substrates'

on April 20, 2015 - 2:52pm
Peter Frazier of Cornell University
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents "Optimal Learning For Finding Minimal Peptide Substrates" 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 24 at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Scientists use laboratory experiments to search for molecules with desirable properties, e.g., that make efficient solar cells; or that cure cancer. The success of such a search hinges on making good decisions about which experiments to perform.
We show how Bayesian statistics and value of information analysis can be used to choose good experiments, that reach

New Light Pole Installed At 20th And Central Avenue

on April 20, 2015 - 2:27pm
Workers string wire in new light pole this afternoon at 20th Street and Central Avenue as part of the downtown beautification project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Heinrich Tours Movie Set At Kirtland, Highlights N.M. Film Industry / Military Installations Partnerships

on April 20, 2015 - 11:08am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


  • Military Equitable Reimbursement Act--signed into law--ensures New Mexico remains top destination for movie and TV productions

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, highlighted the partnership between New Mexico's film industry and military installations earlier this month while touring the production set for a new film from Paramount Pictures starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, and Martin Freeman, currently being filmed at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) in Albuquerque.

Heinrich met with some of the

Yang: When Science Meets Reality – Part II+

on April 20, 2015 - 11:02am
Los Alamos

When Science Meets Reality – Part II+

My comment about “unless a scientist is independently wealthy or can attract wealthy patron, she is pretty much destined to work for organizations” elicited a reader’s correction. 

His point is well taken: In certain areas where the computer plays the key component in scientific exploration, some scientists can still operate independently. I even received a little tour of his modest facility, a small den equipped with a computer and a contraption with light bulbs, tubes, duct tape, lots of wire, etc.

His enthusiasm was

Annual Inmate Craftsmanship And Trades Fair May 2

on April 20, 2015 - 10:41am

New Mexico State Penitentiary 'Old Main' Prison. Courtesy/NMCD

NMCD News:

It’s that time of year when the New Mexico Corrections Department hosts the Inmate Craftsmanship and Trades Fair May 2.

The fair will feature inmate artists from 11 prisons across the state. Furniture, wood working, paintings, sewing and much more will be on display and for sale.

Proceeds from sales benefit victims, the offender’s children or designated family member, funds other inmate programs and is deposited into a savings account for the inmate artist.

Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers Compete In Men's Gymnastics Championships

on April 20, 2015 - 10:04am

Daniel Fryer competing in the level 6 session. Courtesy photo


Los a Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Eagle Ridge Gymnastics March 22-23 to compete in the men's New Mexico State Gymnastics Championships.

Daniel Fryer competed in the level 6 session. Fryer, once again, for his third consecutive year has qualified to the Region 9 Championships. This is his third year competing in USA men's gymnastics and his third level of accomplishment.

In the 2012-13 season, Fryer won the New Mexico State Championships for his age division in level 4 and qualified to Regionals in


May Events At The New Mexico History Museum

on April 20, 2015 - 10:03am

NMHM News:

SANTA FE — Bring the family, bring your friends. Or just come by yourself. Besides great exhibits, we have something for everyone:

Friday, May 1, Summer hours.

Through Oct. 31, open seven days a week. Free Friday Evenings weekly, 5-8 p.m.

Friday, May 1, 5–7 p.m. Opening of Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War

Be among the first to see this Mezzanine Gallery exhibit and join re-enactors from El Rancho de las Golondrinas to learn more about New Mexico’s role in the war. Musical performance by the New Mexico Territorial Brass Band.


Evening Grosbeaks Near La Cueva

on April 20, 2015 - 9:29am
This flock of Evening Grosbeaks lives at a home near La Cueva on the west side of Redondo Peak. They stay year around, going high up the mountain during summer. Photo by Craig Yost
Evening Grosbeaks blend in with these rocks. Photo by Craig Yost

How The Hen House Turns: Chicks In Danger

on April 20, 2015 - 9:13am
How the Hen House Turns
Chicks In Danger

After Peeper hatched, mother hen Peeky’s protective skirt of feathers was always ready to protect her chick when he ran from danger, whether real, like crows, or imaginary, like me. But when he flew up to the edge of the cut-off milk jug we used as a water trough—and fell in—Peeky let out such a wild squawking we raced down to the pen in seconds, adrenalin pumping.

We lifted Peeper’s struggling, bedraggled wet body from the water to save him from a drowning his mother clearly recognized but couldn’t prevent.

Letter To The Editor: Waiting For Leasure Pool My Brown Beard Is White And Toddlers Are In College

on April 20, 2015 - 9:04am
Los Alamos

When discussion began on construction of a leisure pool at the Walkup Aquatic Center (WAC), my two daughters were toddlers and my beard was dark-brown. The kids are now in graduate school and a senior in college and my beard is white.

As a facility that from the beginning catered to athletes and competitive swimmers, the WAC has never served the entire Los Alamos community as intended. We used the WAC many times, but in was never appropriate for children/families. The water was too cold, too deep with adults and competitive swimmers the obvious focus.



PEEC Offers Nature Programs For Teens In June

on April 20, 2015 - 8:18am

County Budget Hearings Begin At 6 P.M. Monday

on April 19, 2015 - 8:53pm

Council will hear details of the FY-2016 budget beginning at 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers. Councilors from left at last Tuesday’s meeting, Susan O'Leary and Steven Girrens, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Chair Kristin Henderson and Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey and James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A.

Staff Report

Los Alamos County's annual Budget Hearings are set to begin at 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers and continue Tuesday, April 21; Monday, April 27 and may run through Tuesday, April 28.

Monday's Hearing begins with an introduction, overview and budget summary

IHM Hosts First Holy Communion Ceremony

on April 19, 2015 - 1:44pm

Fr. Glenn Jones recites the Mass during the First Holy Communion Ceremony this morning at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

First Holy Communion Ceremony this morning at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Children of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church prepare to make their First Holy Communion this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Children of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church made their First Holy Communion this weekend during

Bandelier Activities For National Park Week April 18-24

on April 19, 2015 - 7:51am

April at Tyuonyi Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


All over the country, units of the National Park Service will be celebrating National Park Week April 18-26.

The week will begin with fee free days this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, with no entrance fees being charged at Bandelier National Monument and other park areas nationwide.  

During the week, craftspeople from local Pueblos will be demonstrating their work on the porch behind the Visitor Center, and some also will have items for sale.

New Mexico's Norman C. Bay to Assume Leadership Post At Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

on April 19, 2015 - 7:38am

Norman C. Bay


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as the new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In July 2014, the Senate confirmed Bay with bipartisan support as a commissioner of FERC, and slated him to be named chairman nine months following the confirmation. Prior to serving as a FERC commissioner, Bay had served as Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC since 2009. 

"Throughout his tenure

Letter To The Editor: Ban Bag Bans

on April 19, 2015 - 7:27am
White Rock

If a plastic bag ban goes into effect here in Los Alamos County, rather than pay a .10 fee for paper, I'll just purchase my own plastic bags at Sam's Club. At $12.98 per thousand it would be cheaper. 

Maybe I'll just get my groceries there while I'm at it. 

In the meantime, I'm going to start double bagging to stock up my own supply. 

Ban away, we'll just work around it. 


Pastor Granillo: The Cross

on April 19, 2015 - 7:13am
Los Alamos

The Cross

One might argue that the universal symbol for Christianity is the cross. When we see one on a building we might think it’s a church, when we see someone wearing a cross on a necklace we might think it represents their faith, and when we see one on the side of a highway we might think that it somehow brings comfort in a time of loss.

The cross is likely to be the universal symbol for Christianity and yet there are so many who are offended by its presence.

The removal of Christian symbols such as the cross (like the one created in the rubble of

Smart Design With Suzette: Back To Nature – Biophilic Design

on April 19, 2015 - 6:50am
Nature in space. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Back To Nature – Biophilic Design

Have you heard of Biophilic Design? The term "biophilia" literally means "love of life or living systems." That sounds good, right?

Not to be confused with a specific “natural” or “organic” aesthetic, biophilic design is a design method with proven benefits for human performance and well-being.

 Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clear thinking, improve our well-being and expedite healing. I’m in!

An outdoor green space. Courtesy photo

Biophilia is a